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The Cookout (2004)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 3 September 2004 (USA)
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When Todd Anderson signs a $30 million deal with his hometown team, the New Jersey Nets, he knows that his life is set for a big change. To keep things real, he decides to throw a barbeque ... See full summary »

Director:

Lance Rivera

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Queen Latifah (story), Shakim Compere (story) | 4 more credits »
5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ja Rule ... Bling Bling
Tim Meadows ... Leroy
Jenifer Lewis ... Lady Em
Quran Pender ... Todd Andersen (as Storm P)
Jonathan Silverman ... Wes
Meagan Good ... Brittany
Farrah Fawcett ... Mrs. Crowley
Ruperto Vanderpool Ruperto Vanderpool ... Wheezer
Frankie Faison ... Jojo Andersen
Vincent Pastore ... Poo Salesman
Kevin Phillips ... Jamal Washington
Reg E. Cathey ... Frank Washington
Rita Owens Rita Owens ... Nettie Washington
Gerry Bamman ... Butler
Carl Wright ... Grandpa
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Storyline

When Todd Anderson signs a $30 million deal with his hometown team, the New Jersey Nets, he knows that his life is set for a big change. To keep things real, he decides to throw a barbeque at his place -- just like the ones his family used to have. But when you have new and old friends, family, agents, and product reps in the same house, things are bound to get crazy. Written by Anonymous

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This summer, get your grill on!

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for drug content, sexual references and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 September 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Barbecue Party See more »

Filming Locations:

Bernardsvile, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,219,794, 5 September 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$11,540,112, 10 October 2004
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Last cinema film of Farrah Fawcett. See more »

Goofs

When Todd and Jamal go to the basketball court to play he is wearing light blue pants which he removes to play. When playing he has on shorts which he is wearing as they exit but in the outside shot of them leaving he is once again wearing the pants. See more »

Quotes

Willie: [discussing Mrs. Crowley] What about them nipples? She got some little raisins, or some nice big gumdrops?
Judge Crowley: That's my wife we're talking about.
Willie: Oh. My bad.
Nelson: Sorry.
Judge Crowley: Okay. Gumdrops.
Willie: I knew it!
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Connections

References Sex and the City (1998) See more »

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Express Yourself
Performed by Charles Wright
Written by Charles Wright
Courtesy of A Million Dollars Worth of Memories Records
Published by Music Power (BMI) / Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI)
All Rights Administered by Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.
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Good Message Cheesy Spoof-Like Delivery
16 December 2005 | by JaleaSee all my reviews

The movie had a good message about being responsible and down to earth even after hitting pay dirt. But, the message was nearly drowned in the cheesy delivery. As a result, this ethnic comedy comes off somewhat spoofish because of the mugging and overacting (which obviously was on purpose).

I think of The Cookout (2004) as (one of the characters in the movie so aptly put it) a "Black Beverly Hillbillies," like the TV series The Beverly Hillbillies (1962) that was definitely satirical. Although it is true that the stereotypes were carried to the extreme, which explains why some viewers are offended by the material, the same could be said of other spoofs, which purposely border on the ridiculous.

The Cookout (2004) is okay to rent, if you take if for what it is.

You know, this would have been a good TV movie.


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